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On the two last leaves, and written in another hand, are some stanzas in the romance or ballad measure of the Spaniards. The subject is an adventure soon related.
Thy lonely watch-tower, Larenille,
They ascended by steps hewn out in the rock; and, having asked for admittance, were lodged there.
Brothers in arms the Guests appeared ;
The Convent of La Rábida.
And, ever sparkling on his breast,
The Eldest had a rougher aspect, and there was craft in his eye. He stood a little behind in a long black mantle, his hand resting on the hilt of his sword; and his white hat and white shoes glittered in the moon-shine. +
“Not here unwelcome, tho' unknown.
When other sounds had died away,
They entered, tho' unused to pray, * See Bernal Diaz, c. 203; and also a well-known portrait of Cortes, ascribed Titian. Cortes was now in the 43rd, Pizarro in the 60th year of his age.
+ Augustin Zaratè, lib. iv. c. 9.
Where God was worshipped, night and day,
“ Perez, + thou good old man,” they cried,
The supper in the chamber done,
# Late Superior of the Ilouse.
| The words of the epitaph. 6 A Castilia y a Leon nuevo Mundo dio Colon."
Of seven kings in chains of gold *
The Eldest swore by our Lady, + the Youngest by his conscience; † while the Franciscan, sitting by in his grey habit, turned away and crossed himself again and again. “Here is a little book,” said he at last, “ the work of him in his shroud below. It tells of things you have mentioned; and, were Cortes and Pizarro here, it might perhaps make them reflect for a moment." The Youngest smiled as he took it into his hand. He read it aloud to his companion with an unfaltering voice; but, when he laid it down, a silence ensued; nor was he seen to smile again that night. Il “ The curse is heavy,” said he at parting, “but Cortes may live to disappoint it.”. “ Ay, and Pizarro too!"
* Afterwards the arms of Cortes and his descendants. + Fernandez, lib ii. c. 63.
| B. Diaz, c. 203. 11 “ After the death of Guatimotzin,” says B. Diaz, “ he became gloomy and restless; rising continually from his bed, and wandering about in the dark.”—“ Nothing prospered with him; and it was ascribed to the curses he was loaded with.”
** A circumstance, recorded by Herera, renders this visit not improbable. “In May, 1528, Cortes